E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference
Halo 5: Guardians
To kick things off, Microsoft went with something everybody is familiar with. 343 Industries takes the floor to show Halo 5: Guardians. We see some coop gameplay with some known faces like Arbiter and Keith David. After the campaign demo, we are given a glimpse of a multiplayer map called Warzone. There will be 24 players and AI controlled units, and they are considering this the biggest map ever created.
Recore was announced and is by Keiji Inafune's Comcept studio and Armature, the developer founded by key folk behind Metroid Prime.This sci-fi action adventure is an Xbox exclusive and has a Spring 2016 release window.
Xbox One backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games
This has to be one of the biggest bombs from Microsoft - Xbox One has backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. Some digital titles should be up now and your retail discs can also be used. Popping in the disc will make your Xbox One system confirm you own the copy of that game, making you download the digital version for use. The first Mass Effect was shown using this feature, and Phil Spencer states that more titles will be available for use later this year.
Xbox One Elite Controller revealed for Xbox One and Windows 10
The Xbox One Elite Controller was revealed for Xbox One and Windows 10. Features for this new controller aim for the hardcore players that seek accurate control while gaming. The most interesting feature is the ability to swap components (thumbsticks, D-pads, and paddles) to fit the type of game you are playing. There are customization options such as trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and more. The backside of the controller also has four paddles, which we're trying to wrap our head around this addition.
Fallout 4 for Xbox One will come with a copy of Fallout 3
Bethesda's Todd Howard appears at Microsoft's stage and talks more about Fallout 4. Todd already dumped loads of information about the new game planned for a November release. But he did talk about something for Xbox One players of course. Xbox One copies of Fallout 4 will come with a free copy of Fallout 3. He then announces that Fallout 4's mods made in the PC version of the game will also be available for free first on the Xbox One.
EA Access to bring Titanfall first, Dragon Age: Inquisition later this year
EA's Peter Moore comes to the stage and announces that EA Access will be bringing its members Titanfall, with Dragon Age: Inquisition following later this year. He also reveals that all week-long, EA Access will be free to Xbox Gold Members to try out. EA Access is a premium membership allowing players to play EA games for free, get special discounts on Xbox One, get access to early betas, as well as play upcoming EA game first before it's officially released.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was revealed
Then, Peter Moore reveals that Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a thing. More zombies, more plants, just like the first game it looks like a lot of fun.
Forza 6 is coming September 15
Then Forza 6 takes the stage in the most unusual fashion. They slowly bring down a car onto the small stage in the middle. A new trailer was shown and mentions 24 player online capability. Of course, the graphics look amazing.
Dark Souls 3 announced
No further introduction needed. From Software is bringing us the third game in the Dark Souls series. We are ready to die over and over...again...and again. It is confirmed though that this will be the final game for the series. No release date given.
The Division, Xbox One players get beta access first this December
The Division makes yet another E3 experience. It's slowly turning into a real game and we get new footage if the online shooter in action. The release date was already revealed and it will hit shelves 08/03/2016. Beta access to the game will come first on Xbox One this December.
Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One will come with a free copy of Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2
Rainbow Six: Siege appears in Microsoft's stage and announces that you get free copies of the previous games. These free games will be available with the backwards compatibility feature on the Xbox One. Siege will be out on October 16, 2015.
ID@Xbox's strong list of indie games
And it won't be a Microsoft press conference without a indie montage. Xbox's indie lineup is looking stronger each year. Exciting titles like Tacoma and Gigantic was shown.
Early Access program coming to Xbox One
Xbox also announced an Early Access program for Xbox One, giving players the ability to try out games still in development before making a purchase to support it. Games like DayZ , The Long Dark, and Elite: Dangerous is confirmed to be in this program.
DayZ creator announces a new game called Ion
Dean Hall, maker of DayZ, is still working hard on it's online post-apocalyptic survival game but is already working on another project. It's called Ion and it makes its debut on Microsoft's stage floor.
Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay footage shown
We finally get first look at gameplay for Rise of the Tomb Raider. It will be out on Xbox One first on November 10, 2015.
The Rare Replay announced
Miss Perfect Dark? Battle Toads? Conker? Banjo Kazooie? To celebrate Rare's 30th anniversary, rare is releasing the Rare Replay for Xbox. 30 games in one package.
Sea of Thieves announced
Rare then announced a new game. It's a pirate game, and a shared world pirate game. We are sold with the idea of making a player walk the plank. ARGH!
Fable Legends features cross-compatibility and cross-play
Fable Legends, the Free-To-Play coop game for Xbox One and Windows 10, makes an appearance and features cross-compatibility and cross-play. It will be out this year.
Xbox is working with Valve to bring the best VR to the players
Kudo Tsunoda takes the stage and announces that Microsoft is working with Valve to bring the best VR experience to players. They also mention the Oculus Rift being bundled with the Xbox One controller (announced last week). Valve's Vive VR didn't make an appearance, and the information on what this means is still not clear, but Microsoft is showing that they are staying really close to VR technology.
Minecraft with Hololens
Then they blew our minds by combining Minecraft with Microsoft's Hololens technology.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to hit Xbox One
Now it's time to talk Gears of War. They start off by revealing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a fully rebuilt version of the first game that includes new content. The public beta starts today and will be released on August 25, 2015 on Xbox One.
Gears of War 4 announced
And to close off Microsoft. Gears of War 4 is happening. We did not get a series of explosions and set pieces, which is a nice touch. It's planned for a Christmas 2016 release window.
That's Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference. What do you think?